Nataliya Dobrynska

Nataliya Dobrynska (Ukrainian: Наталія Добринська; born 29 May 1982)[2] is a retired Ukrainian heptathlete.[3] She is the 2008 Olympic champion and also holds the heptathlon best in the shot put. Her indoor pentathlon best of 5013 points is the world record for the event.

Nataliya Dobrynska
Nataliya Dobrynska 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full nameNataliya Dobrynska
Born (1982-05-29) 29 May 1982 (age 37)
Yakushyntsi, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Weight75 kg (165 lb)[1]


She competed in the 2004 Olympics, finishing eighth. She won the silver medal in the pentathlon at the 2004 World Indoor Championships and the bronze medal at the 2005 European Indoor Championships. She finished sixth in the heptathlon at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg. At the 2007 European Indoor Championships she finished fifth.[1]

Dobrynska at the 2007 World Championships.

She won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Despite being one of the favourites in the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Dobrynska finished fourth just missing out on the medals. She returned to the podium at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, taking second place in the pentathlon behind reigning heptathlon world champion Jessica Ennis.[1]

Dobrynska competed at the 2010 Hypo-Meeting in May, but she was in sub-par form and managed only a score of 6023 for seventh place (over 600 points behind Jessica Ennis' winning mark).[4][5] In spite of this she proved herself as a contender to the gold medal at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in July. After the first day, Dobrynska ran a 200 m best of 24.23 seconds and was in second place – 110 points behind the Ennis, who led the competition.[6] The following day she scored a best in the javelin (49.25 m) and was 18 points behind Ennis with one event remaining. She finished the competition with an 800 m run of 2:12.06, another personal best. Her total score of 6778 points was her best ever performance and beyond Carolina Klüft's championship record. However, Ennis took the gold, also setting a personal best, leaving Dobrynska with the silver medal – her first podium finish at the European Athletics Championships.[7][8]

She returned to competition at the 2010 Décastar meeting in September and was the runner-up behind Tatyana Chernova, having a total of 6309 points from the event.[9] The following year she finished in fifth place at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, getting a total of 6539 points and setting personal bests in the hurdles (13.43 seconds) and 800 metres (2:11.34 minutes).[1]

At the beginning of the 2012 season she won the Ukrainian indoor title with a national record score of 4880 points.[10] She produced an even better performance at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Although defending champion Ennis was the pre-event favourite, Dobrynska had a consistent tally, including personal bests in the long jump (6.57 m) and 800 m (2:11.15 min) to become the first woman ever to score over 5000 points for the indoor pentathlon. Her world record mark of 5013 points bettered Irina Belova's twenty-year-old score from 1992.[11] Later that month, Dobrynska's coach and husband, Dmitry Polyakov, died of cancer.[12][13] Dobrynska stood for election to the Ukrainian Parliament in the October 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election as a candidate for the Party of Regions in single-member district number 11 (first-past-the-post wins a parliament seat) located in her native Vinnytsia Oblast.[14] However, she failed to win the seat, finishing in fifth place with 6.45% of the votes.[15]

Dobrynska announced her retirement from the sport in 2013.[3] A special ceremony was held at half-time during a Ukrainian Premier League match between Dynamo Kyiv and FC Illichivets Mariupol at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv on October 20, 2013, marking her retirement from athletics.[3] It was venue she trained and competed at for many years and set her first Ukrainian record.[3]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Ukraine
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 5th Heptathlon 5798 pts
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd Pentathlon 4727 pts
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 3rd Heptathlon 6387 pts
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 8th Heptathlon 6225 pts
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 3rd Pentathlon 4667 pts
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 7th Heptathlon 6299 pts
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 5th Pentathlon 4739 pts
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 10th Heptathlon 6112 pts
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 4th Pentathlon 4742 pts
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 9th Heptathlon 6268 pts
Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 1st Heptathlon 6733 pts (PB)
2009 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 1st Heptathlon 6558 pts
World Championships Berlin, Germany 4th Heptathlon 6444 pts
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd Pentathlon 4851 pts
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 7th Heptathlon 6023 pts
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd Heptathlon 6778 pts (PB)
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 5th Heptathlon 6539 pts
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st Pentathlon 5013 pts (WR)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom Heptathlon DNF


  1. ^ a b c d e Nataliya Dobrynska's profile at the IAAF site
  2. ^ Наталя Добринська збирається привезти медаль із Пекіна. (in Ukrainian) Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  3. ^ a b c d "Whistle blows for end of heptathlete's career". European Athletics. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  4. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-05-30). Clay and Ennis beat the rain to take Götzis titles – IAAF Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-12.
  5. ^ 36th Hypo-Meeting. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-12.
  6. ^ Jessica Ennis leads after European heptathlon day one . BBC Sport (2010-07-30). Retrieved on 2010-08-12.
  7. ^ Ennis smashes championship record in epic finale. European Athletics (2010-07-31). Retrieved on 2010-08-12.
  8. ^ Jessica Ennis claims European heptathlon gold. BBC Sport (2010-07-31). Retrieved on 2010-08-12.
  9. ^ van Kuijen, Hans (2010-09-19). Suarez and Chernova prevail in Talence – IAAF World Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-19.
  10. ^ Dobrynska lays down the gauntlet to Chernova and Ennis at Ukraine champs. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2012-02-25.
  11. ^ Arcoleo, Laura (2012-03-09). Pentathlon World Record! – Dobrynska tallies 5013 points in Istanbul! UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  12. ^ Nataliya Dobrynska's coach Dmitry Polyakov dies. European Athletics (2012-03-26). Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
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  14. ^ (in Ukrainian)Московский комсомолец:Рада як ніколи Moskovsky Komsomolets:Council as ever Archived 2012-12-20 at, (13 September 2012)
  15. ^ (in Ukrainian)Одномандатний виборчий округ №11 Single-mandate constituency № 11, Central Election Commission of Ukraine

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Preceded by
  Irina Belova
Women's Pentathlon World Record Holder
March 9, 2012 – present
Succeeded by